Wednesday 21 February 2018

Skerries make amends in Lucan

AFTER the disappointment of losing the League semi-final to Ballinteer last Wednesday night, Skerries Harps' senior side bounced back with a burst of scoring which blew Division 1 side Lucan away in Skerries last Sunday morning.

Without Eoin McGinley, Collie Daly and Mark Boylan from the Wednesday night side - also missing were Liam Reddin, Conor Garrett and team captain Donnacha Reilly - Skerries dug deep and for a change found their scoring boots.

First-half goals from Harry Dawson and Oisin O'Leary saw them lead 2-7 to 0-6 at half-time and two more in the second half from Bryan Cullen and Barry Davey killed the Lucan challenge..

In between, Dawson gave a kicking exhibition, scoring 1-8 - two points from frees - while man-of-the-match Jack Smith at centre back helped himself to two points.

Mark Kirwan deputised well for the injured Eoin McGinley, while the Cullen brothers combined well against a tough Lucan midfield duo. Bryan did an immense amount of work up and down the pitch, both off and on the ball, while Graham set up two of the goals. O'Leary, Shane Hickey and Eoin Smith were always a handful for the Lucan backs and Harps were never in danger after a blistering start.

Skerries, under Charlie Redmond, now advance to their second championship final inside two years, having won the Intermediate Final in 2011. They play St Oliver Plunketts/ER next Sunday in Skerries at 11am.

SKERRIES HARPS: Alun Cullinan; Eddie Reilly, Mark Kirwan, Dylan McNamee; Eoin Ellis, Jack Smith 0-2, Ross McGarry; Bryan Cullen 1-1, Graham Cullen 0-1; Harry Dawson 1-8 (0-2f), Barry Davey 1-1, Oisin O'Leary 1-1, Eoin Smith, Shane Hickey, Paul Cashman. Subs used: Mark Oliver, Aaron Duncan.

Fingal Independent

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